Feelin’ Pushy

I think it’s happened! I think I’ve finally crossed firmly into “I like lifting heavy” territory. It’s taken about six months of grouchy gym sessions and gritted teeth, but I’ve made it! I’m planting a flag in triumph.

Today’s CrossFit Women Workout
3X7 push jerk @ 70% max
3X5 push press @ 65% max
3X3 shoulder press @ 60% max

Last week, I got a new PR on my shoulder press: 80 lbs. That was the only move for which I knew my one rep max (1 RM), so I knew I’d have to play around a bit to find the right weight. I surprised myself! Don’tcha love when that happens?!

3X7 push jerk
My weights: 75 – 75 – 85
I probably should have started at 85 and been consistent throughout, or maybe even tried bumping up to 90. Next time.

3X5 push press
My weights:  75 – 75 – 80
Again, I think I could probably have done three sets at 80. They weren’t ‘easy,’ but they felt Good, and I was able to do all the reps in a pretty steady rhythm.

3X3 shoulder press
My weights: 65 – 70 – out of time
We ran out of time, so I couldn’t do the third set, but I was thrilled to press three @ 70#. That’s 87% of my 1 RM… which means my 1 RM, when I’m properly motivated/rested/fed, is probably more than the 80# I pressed last week. Neato! Can’t wait ’til the next CrossFit Total (and no, I NEVER expected to find myself typing those words in that particular order).

At Fight Gone Bad in September, I did a push press with the 75-lb. barbell one time, just to see how it felt. Today, I did a whole pile of ’em. Yay.

The 400m warmup run in chilly drizzle felt pretty good today, too, and we did 50 situps when we got back to the warm, dry gym. It was definitely worth prying myself from my snuggly bed this morning – and after 2 1/2 weeks on my new dose of Synthroid, I’m definitely feeling an improvement.

[contented sigh]

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  • Amber says:

    I'm really glad you're starting to feel better from your adjusted dosage, here's hoping it just keeps going upward!! =)

  • Anniebug, bugger or BUG. says:

    This is awesome! We have the workout tonight so hopefully, I will be as successful as you!

  • Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    Thanks, Amber! I hope this upward trend continues, too. It's nice having energy. Wheeeee!

    Anniebug –> Have fun tonight! I really liked this workout. Just about the time you're emotionally done with one move, it's time for the next.

  • Dave says:

    Melissa…that's pretty good….and the pic with the overhead press…bad to the bone! 😉

  • Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    Thanks, Dave! I really, really like lifting heavy things over my head.

  • mlw says:

    Yessss…push jerks are one of my FAVORITES. And to think at one point in my life I was all about the 10 lb bicep curls. Heh.

  • Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    mlw, I know just what you mean! One of my co-workers today said, "Do you lift weights?" while imitating biceps curls. I kinda harumphed and said, "We lift heavy weights… like OLYMPIC weight lifting." I may also have rolled my eyes.

    I am insufferable.

  • Jessica says:

    Love, love, love this post. Lifting heavy is the most challenging and rewarding part of CrossFit, in my opinion. It is great to see so many powerful, strong warriors pushing weight at the gym everyday. Crush it, girl!